The first stage of the Lok Sabha elections will complete on April 11 but the exodus of leaders from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (SP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is showing no signs of abating soon.
It appears that the BJP has opened its gates for the SP, BSP and Congress leaders in order to weaken its opponents.
Following the surprise migration of former UP sports minister and Mulayam aide Ram Sakal Gurjar into the BJP, a lot more political leaders from the opposition parties appear to be lined up to enter the BJP as soon as they are permitted.
Talking to indiatoday.in, Raisuddin, former Agra city president of the Samajwadi Party said that in the past week, six corporators have joined the BJP out of which two were from the Congress. It appears that the SP-BSP alliance is not sitting well among the grassroot level party leaders and workers.
Meanwhile, former BSP MLA Dr Dharmpal Singh, Gutiyarilal Dubesh, Suraj Pal Singh and Bhagwan Singh Kushwah (all former MLAs), have joined the Congress in support of the Fatehpur Sikri candidate of the Congress and UPCC chief Raj Babbar.
Former UP minister from the BSP, Devender Singh Chillu resigned from the BSP to join the Congress.
Former BSP Mayor candidate from Agra Digamber Singh Dhakrey and Umesh Sainthiya have joined the BJP. Ajaysheel Gautam, who was a minister in the BSP government, also joined the BJP a few days back.
In Samajwadi Party, former minister Ram Sakal Gurjar, former MLA Dr Rajendra Singh, former MLC Anurag Shukla and Nitin Gupta have joined the BJP, raising a question in everyone’s minds about the reason for such a mass exodus from both the SP and BSP.
Political analysts are pointing out at the incompatibility and age-old feud between the two parties to be a reason behind the exodus, while some believe that this is only an opportunistic move on part of the junior leaders of party who have not been given tickets.
Talking to indiatoday.in, Deep Sharma, a social activist, said that the alliance between the SP and the BSP is an unnatural alliance.
The people were barely able to tolerate an alliance between the SP and the Congress in the UP assembly elections, but this alliance between the two rival parties SP and BSP is totally unacceptable even to the party leaders who are now switching their loyalties at the last moment.